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Global Challenges Lecture: Viruses Without Borders

Wednesday 6 April 2016
LUC The Hague Global Challenges Lecture Series
Leiden University College The Hague
Anna van Buerenplein 301
3595 DG Den Haag
Auditorium (room 2.21)


SARS, bird flu, ebola, MERS, Zika... all diseases caused by emerging or reemerging viruses continue to make the headlines. Viruses infect their host, abuse its infrastructure for their replication, and move on to look for the next host. These invisible pathogens cause panic in densely populated areas, travel around the world inside their infected host, and disrupt economies. Global responses tend to be slow and hampered by poor health infrastructure and a wide variety of other socioeconomic factors in affected areas.

We seem to be engaged in an arms race with emerging viruses that continue to escape from our immune system, become resistant to antiviral drugs, and invade novel host species and territories. Where do these viruses come from, can we stop them, and what does Darwin have to do with all this?





Prof.dr. Eric Snijder (1962) is a molecular biologist and currently professor of molecular virology at Leiden University Medical Center. His team aims to dissect how viruses replicate, evolve and interact with their host. This knowledge can be translated into novel antiviral approaches, for example to counter newly emerging viruses. Over the past 20 years, his laboratory has studied the SARS- and MERS-coronaviruses and more recently the mosquito-borne Chikungunya and Zika viruses.

Date, time and venue

Wednesday 6 April 2016 
Start 7:00pm 
Leiden University College, Auditorium (room 2.21)
Anna van Buerenplein 301 
The Hague


The lecture is free and open to everyone. To ensure a seat, please register in advance, as there are limited seats available.

Please register here.

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